On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the best of seven World Series at famed Fenway Park in Boston.
The Dodgers return for a second straight season to the World Series, while Boston owned the best record in baseball during the regular season with 108 wins. The Red Sox are looking for their fourth title in the last 15 years and the Dodgers their first since 1988.
Both teams will start left-handers on the mound with the Red Sox going with Chris Sale and the Dodgers sending Clayton Kershaw to the hill.
Los Angeles went the distance to beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series in seven games, while Boston needed just five games to dispose of the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.
Kershaw will make his first appearance at Fenway Park. The southpaw is considered the best pitcher of his generation and has won three NL Cy Young awards.
Kershaw has not had his best stuff during this year’s postseason and in 28 career appearances during the postseason, with 22 being starts, the left-handers is 9-8 with a 4.08 ERA.
Matt Kemp will play designated hitter for the Dodgers at Fenway Park in Games 1 and 2 and 6 and 7 if the series goes that long.
Boston’s Sale has not pitched for 10 days and says he is completely healthy after a stomach problem that caused him to be hospitalized then miss a start during the ALCS. Sale, who is 29, has three starts amongst his five appearances in the postseason during his career. The southpaw is 1-2 with a 5.84 ERA.
Boston right fielder Mookie Betts has been working out at second as the Red Sox look to find a place to put J.D. Martinez in the outfield when the series moves to Los Angeles for Games 3 through 5, as the DH is not used in NL parks.
The Red Sox have enjoyed the league’s best regular season, but face a gritty never die Dodgers club that battled injuries and adversity all season. Kershaw will come up big in Game 1 as he did in Game 5 against Milwaukee in the NLCS. The Dodgers will take an early 1-0 lead in the series with a win in Game 1.